Date: August 15, 2013
Contact: Patricia Smith
Marine Fisheries Announces Second Year of Red Snapper
Carcass Collection Program
MOREHEAD CITY – For the second year, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries will collect red snapper carcasses from recreational fishermen during the upcoming red snapper mini-season, Aug. 23-25.
The division has set up freezers at eight locations along the coast where fishermen can take their carcasses. In return, the angler will receive a limited edition fishing towel and a citation (certificate) from the N.C. Saltwater Fishing Tournament.
The freezers are located at:
9975 Nance St.
Ocean Isle Fishing Center
65 Causeway Beach
Ocean Isle Beach
|Carolina Beach Fishing Center |
313 Canal Drive
215 Old Eastwood Road
106 Cedar Point Blvd.
Capt. Stacy Fishing Center
415 Atlantic Beach Causeway
Carolina Princess Fishing Center
604 Evans St.
57878 N.C. 12
For a map of these locations, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/snapper/freezer-locations
Fishermen should leave the head and tail intact on the fish carcass. Instructions on how to deposit the carcasses are posted on each freezer. Anglers will be asked to give information related to how and when the fish was caught. Fishermen also will be asked for their names and addresses in order to receive their reward and citation.
Division biologists will measure the fish, determine the sex, if possible, and remove the otoliths (ear bones) to determine the fish’s age. The information collected will be provided to the National Marine Fisheries Service for use in an upcoming red snapper stock assessment.
The recreational red snapper season will open at Aug. 23-25 for one three-day weekend. There will be a one-fish bag limit and no size limit.
A commercial mini-season will open Aug. 26 and close when the commercial quota is met. Division biologists will obtain data from commercially-caught red snapper at the fish houses. Commercially-caught carcasses should not be left in the freezers listed above.
For specific information on commercial and recreational harvest limits, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/proclamation-ff-41-2013
. To read the National Marine Fisheries Service bulletin on the subject, go to http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/documents/pdfs/2013/fb13-070_sa_rs_2013_season_data_collection.pdf
For more information on this red snapper carcass collection program, go to http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/snapper/red-snapper-collection
or contact Carole Willis, division sportfishing specialist, at 252-808-8081 or firstname.lastname@example.org